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ABOUT THE SERIES
Title: Kingdom Come Author: Cecelia Earl Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
When Ash Rains Down, Book 1 Angels are real. So are demons. Shady Creek gets a whole lot scarier after Julia learns she’s part angel, especially since the only person she can trust is an angel who’s as infuriating as he is attractive. Julia received a necklace containing the songs of the angels from her dad when she was four. When she was eleven, he abandoned her family and the necklace went silent. At seventeen, Julia’s doing everything she can to maintain security for her family, but now her necklace seems to have come to life once again. And that’s not all that’s changing. When a robber attempts to steal from their diner, the necklace blazes and burns her chest. Pain in her back is nearly unbearable as the thief transforms before her eyes… into something demonic. Demon after demon threatens Julia’s home, family, and friends, and she realizes there may have been something more behind her dad’s disappearance. And now there may be something–or someone–dangerous after her. Julia has to accept that she is not quite human. Will her infuriating but attractive Guardian Angel be able to prepare her for the battle to come?
When Smoke Rains Down, Book 2 If only humans knew the invisible danger lurking around them… In the aftermath of an explosion and Homecoming battle, Julia tries to form some semblance of a routine: work, study and visit her brother who remains hospitalized. Unable to confide in anyone about her double life of being both human and angel, and fearful she’ll bring more death and destruction to those she loves, she pulls away from her family and best friend. When demons once again start to show up at every turn, seemingly bringing about her brother’s deepening depression, she demands her sword from Nicholas. Ever the stern Guardian Angel, he forbids her from using it. Isolated, she takes protecting her brother into her own hands. But when demons show they have evils hidden within their weapons in addition to their ability to siphon souls from the living, Julia’s not sure she knows the best way to handle saving him any longer. Especially when ash-colored lines begin to appear on humans, lines of demonic poison that travel through their veins toward their hearts and alter their moods. Thrust into a dark world of conspiring demons, Julia is in more danger than she ever imagined possible. To stop evil from spreading and overtaking those she loves, she’ll have to seek out the one person she mistrusts most–especially when a line appears on her own arm, and her apathy toward doing much of anything, including saving anyone, grows. Enter a complex world where humans, demons, and angels collide, all battling to rule the Earth.
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When Fire Rains Down, Book 3 Hell is nothing like Julia imagined and beyond everything she feared. The little town of Shady Creek is under attack by Lucifer and his demons. To save the people she loves, human-angel Hybrid Julia must rescue their kidnapped Guardian Angels, even when it means defying her father. Trouble is, he knows only too much about Hell’s perils. When a demon sucks Julia into a cosmic vacuum, the experience leaves an indelible blight she dares not mention for fear of losing her place on the angelic rescue team. As a growing demon army surrounds Shady Creek, Julia’s feelings for her own Guardian become all too real and dangerous. But the cosmic imbalance fueled by Hybrid Angels, Rogue Guardians and Warriors is already depleting the strength of the rescue team. And there’s no room for distraction when the mission is to get into Hell—and out again. For the sake of the mission, Julia must face the truth of the Hybrids’ existence. Because nobody will be safe unless she can trust the gift of free will—for others and for herself—in this end-of-the-world finale to The Legend of Shady Creek Trilogy.
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Excerpt for “When Fire Rains Down”
“Once we free Tobias, he’ll be able to help find the other Guardians. They’re not Warriors, but with these defenses”—he motions toward the wall of weapons—”they’ll be armed and able to protect themselves, at the very least, do a little damage if they’re able.”
“You have no idea the shape they’ll be in,” my dad says, his voice gritty and low.
Nicholas affords Dad a look, but it’s not reciprocated. “Yes, we are aware of that.”
Nicholas lowers himself into his chair, opening a hand toward my dad. “Would you be able to tell us a little about what to expect?”
Dad doesn’t immediately respond. Rather, he glances around, appraising everyone at the table. Only then does he stand and speak. “You can expect to be attacked. You can expect pain. Expect to feel fear and doubt. To feel fire one second and an icy blast that will momentarily freeze your movement, and your emotions, the next.
“Your mind needs to be as prepared as your body. You can run and build up your muscles, practice with every weapon afforded you, but more than that, you’ll need to be mentally prepared.
“Nicholas can teach you to use the demons’ weapons against them. You may become an expert, the best. Cole and I can get you inside. We can provide detailed descriptions of Hell and instruct you on how to find Tobias and the others, but we were there for months, for years, and we are blessed to miraculously be sitting here before you now.
“There’s a slim chance you’ll get in, and an even slimmer chance you’ll get out. Especially with all the Guardians. An attack from the inside out is the only way, but some of the Guardians have been there a long, long time. There’s no telling how beat up they are, and I don’t mean bruised bodies; I mean tortured minds.”
His words are met with silence.
“It will not be easy, and none of us can expect it to be. We’ve all fought demons before, and we know as well as anyone how they can manipulate, deceive, and pervert truths. We know how nearness to them for any short or lengthy period of time can affect the strongest of angels.”
He doesn’t look at Cole when he says this, and Cole doesn’t appear to be offended. I suppose they’re too timeworn and wise to mind obvious truths and overlook what humans might take as a slight.
Dad’s looking at his folded hands, clenching his jaw. I feel bad for him. With what he saw and felt, it’s no wonder he doesn’t want me to go. I want to wrap my arms around him now and put my forehead to his like I did when I was a little girl. I want to remove those memories as much as he wants to save me from experiencing them.
“But in knowing this, I hope we will become stronger, more prepared, more resolute. Even though it is dangerous and will be difficult, knowing what being near Hell does to our Guardians, we have all the more reason to rescue them. I am still all in for this mission. My plan to take a small team in order to get in without detection, accomplish our mission, and get out, stands.
“With so many Guardians in captivity, we cannot simply sneak them out. Our breakout will be catastrophic. It will be an upset. We will go in small, like a whisper, but we will come out shouting in victory.” He pounds on the table. It shakes and the sound echoes throughout the cave.
Once it’s quiet, he asks, “Who is with me?”
Stunned, we all sit in silence. But after a moment, I realize he is waiting for us, for at least one of us, to respond.
I don’t look at my dad before I rise. “I am with you.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cecelia Earl graduated with a degree in education and has been teaching ever since. She’s a wife, a mom of three boys, and an owner of a magical laundry pile that never stops growing. She lives near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold. She’s a first-grade teacher in a Catholic school by day, a mom always, and a writer in her sleep, but that’s okay because being an author is a dream come true. She writes angel fantasy books for young and youngish adults. If you feel young, she writes for you–whether or not you feel particularly angelic. TO CONNECT WITH CECELIA: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads
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